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ASME/IEEE rail conference organizers issue 'call for papers'


Got any rail-oriented technical topics to share with your industry colleagues? Organizers of the annual American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)/ Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) Joint Rail Conference want to hear from you.

Sponsored by the ASME Rail Transportation Division and the Land Transportation Division of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, the conference will be held March 16-18, 2005, in Pueblo, Colo. The 2005 theme is "Research and Testing for Industry Advancement."

The conference will start with an optional tour of the 53-square-mile Transportation Technology Center Inc., a hotbed of rail research. The two-day technical conference will focus on advances in design, analysis and testing of equipment serving the rail industry.

Members of the supply industry, rail transportation companies, government agencies, consulting/engineering firms, academia, and technical and other organizations are welcome to submit papers. Topics may include:

* Communications-based train control;
* Substation design;
* Signal improvements;
* Locomotive performance enhancement;
* New electrical/electronic concepts for heavy-, commuter- and light-rail improvements;
* Freight car plans for heavier, faster equipment; and
* Evolution in electrical/electronic rail products for more reliable service life.

The organizers are using the ASME Online Conference Planning Tool to help would-be presenters submit their papers. The Web-based planning is located at

Abstracts are due at the ASME Online Planning Tool by Nov. 1; final notification of paper acceptance will be made by Dec. 1. Selected papers must be submitted in an acceptable electronic format by Jan. 15, 2005, for publication in the conference proceedings.

For more information, contact Roger Sims, ASME/RTD Technical Program Chair, at 219-838-0011; email:; or Lamont Ward, IEEE Technical Program Chair, at 718-558-4884; email:

Note: ASME will assist authors with any Visa requirements to enable them to participate in the conference.